Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Thirty-Six, Dateline 5-16-2018

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Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
— L. Frank Baum

Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number one-hundred-thirty-six of Operation Achieve Anything. As I said yesterday, this is going to be a fun one because yesterday’s assignment had me drawing again. With that, I’m just going to jump right in and share the results of the task at hand which was to make two drawings, one showing how I feel while I’m at play and the other showing how I feel while I am at work.

Unfortunately, due to a combination of the fact that I am still trying to figure out how to Tetris my day to work around my new job, and the fact that my sciatica is acting up, I ran out of time last night and even if I did find a free moment, my lower back and left leg were hurting too bad to sit and draw so I technically didn’t meet the challenge.

Fortunately, I’ve already examined the concepts being pushed in this lesson and had already drawn a picture in the past that would I’m going to consider a technical win, considering it’s the message I’m supposed to be learning, with the actions being the practice. I’m also fine with this bit of a cheat because the drawing I chose to share is not just relevant but I had these same concepts in mind when I created the art.

With that, here you go:

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This was a rough draft for a painting that I still want to do so it might be a little hard to read. In the middle is a man in bed hugging a pillow while he sleeps. The first bubble around him shows the world of his dreams, which is sunny and filled with loveable woodland creatures as they scamper and play. Outside of the bubble is the nightmare that is reality, that's stormy, dark, and filled with predators and death.

This is how I view the world and why I am an escapist. It might also explain my bipolar tendencies because in my head I’m extremely optimistic about potential, meanwhile, I’ve only seen good guys win in movies leading me to see reality as nothing but pessimism and dread. This makes me awkwardly excited about the current state of the world because it highlights how my concerns weren’t just in my head.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got on that subject, now it’s time to delve into today’s task at hand. Today’s assignment is another issue that has been on my mind for years as the Achieve Anything… book just switched from focusing on work/play balance and is now focused on how important it is to breathe. This one really hits close to home because I often find that I’m holding my breath even though I’m fully aware that it only adds to my level of stress.

Of course, you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s update to see how I delve into this topic as usual. Until then, it’s now time for me to wrap this one up by saying, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.

Sincerely,

The Wicker Breaker

P.S. Below are links to my novel, which I plan to promote as part of Operation Achieve Anything, as well as a link to where you can buy the book that is providing the structure to this project in case you would like to purchase it in order to play along.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.